How to Spot a Churner
churner (noun) – A Babywearer who strives to try many carriers while retaining only a few. This is typically achieved by continually buying, selling, and trading carriers.
A churner will:
*Be knowledgeable of many different brands and blends of carriers through personal experience.
*Have advance knowledge of the inner workings of the United States Postal Service. Additionally, the tellers at the churner’s local post office will likely know him or her by name.
*Have a stockpile of packaging material stored nearby the carriers.
*Be a frequent poster on the babywearing swap groups. Because of this, the churner’s feedback will be long and frequently updated.
*Have a fluctuating “stash” and will likely never have everything at once because with each new purchase one or more items will move on.
The benefits of being a churner are that you get to try many things without losing too much money, you get to “meet” lots of other babywearers on the swap, you have an excellent feedback score, and you’re great friends with your postal deliverer.
The side effects of churning may be bothersome. These include an unyielding need to keep buying, selling, and trading just to try new things, hours wasted stalking the web for new carriers, weariness from weekly visits to the post office, and a postal deliverer who thinks you’re crazy. Restraining orders might be taken against the more diligent package-stalking churners.
Word of advice for the aspiring churner: Take out stock in the United States Postal Service as you will be investing a lot of money into them.
How to Spot a Collector
collector (noun) – a babywearer who accumulates many carriers with the intent to keep them. This is typically achieved by diligently reading reviews and seeing photos of potential carriers that are of interest to the collector’s taste. A collector seeks, locates, and acquires carriers by frequenting various babywearing forums and swap groups.
*be a frequent poster on the babywearing forums and swap groups requesting reviews and photos of a particular carrier that the collector has set their eyes on
*have a medium to large stash that hardly fluctuates. Carriers will have been in the collector’s possession for at least 6 months or longer before being sold or moved into the “permastash” pile.
*save certain carriers that are no longer used (said carrier was outgrown or not supportive enough as baby got older). A collector will pass it on to his/her children as “legacy” carriers or save it to carry future grandchildren. If it is a wrap, a collector will save it to be used as blanket or scarf.